I’ll be honest; I just started sealing my hair a few months ago. I was always under the impression that sealing “wasn’t for my hair type”. My hair isn’t fine but it also isn’t very thick. I assumed adding butter or oil on top of my leave-in was going to leave me with super flat hair. I’m a volume-holic so this was a no go. And I was right. My hair looked like I had just washed it for the entire week. One day, I was in the kitchen drinking my usual early morning glass of alkaline water. Why do I drink this? Because a lot of the foods/beverages we tend to consume are quite acidic. Drinking alkaline (the opposite of acidic) water keeps my internal pH-balanced. When neutralized, my energy is high and my skin glows.
This got me thinking about the pH of my hair. A lot of us hear about it all the time but don’t really do anything to balance it. With all of the chemicals in our products, it would make sense to want to fix that! I did my research on what would serve as the “alkaline water” for my hair and Aloe Vera popped up. It’s one of the most neutral products you could possibly use on your hair: not too acidic and not too alkaline. I immediately ordered some and started sealing my hair. It was light enough to allow for my usual volume yet effective enough to seal in the moisture of my leave-in. The moisture, shine and definition sealing provides is incomparable. Now? You couldn’t get me to stop sealing if you paid me. The method is encouraged for a reason! What was the lesson? Stop being so quick to say certain techniques “are not for my hair type” and try to find the right products, instead.
When I first started doing my research on how different textures cleansed their hair, I came across tons of videos of naturals washing their hair while in twists. They would detangle and chunky twist their hair before cleansing, for easier manageability. It was new to me because I’ve always just jumped into the shower and detangled with my fingers and some conditioner. But these naturals were on to something. I realized that I was cleansing my hair while it was all tangled and matted up; as opposed to jumping into the shower with already detangled hair and allowing the cleansing agents to more naturally glide down the strands. I mean that makes all the sense in the world! But, once again, I had thought that technique wasn’t for my hair type. Now I finger detangle the night before with a spray bottle of water and some oil or cream, and then jump into the shower with easy breezy hair for a much simpler wash day. Not only does it make it easier to cater to my scalp and save on time but also minimizes breakage! What was the lesson? Stop assuming what won’t work for you and just try it!
All in all, the point is to not be so quick to assume about hair typing and techniques and to not be so resistant to change. This doesn’t only go for your hair and beauty regimens but in life as a whole. You’ll never know what’s for you or not for you until you try it!
What old hair habits have you re-thought?